Cucumbers are the fruit of a plant from Southeast Asia. Cucumbers originated in either India or Thailand.
There are many varieties of cucumbers. English Cucumbers tend to be longer and come shrink-wrapped in plastic. The American variety are round. Gherkin, Dill and pickling cucumbers are picked when immature and firm in order to make pickles.
For this particular recipe I am using Row 7 seeds Experimental Cucumbers which were grown for me by Veg’d Out Urban Farms. These are by far the best cucumbers that I have tasted. The flavor is intensified and the texture, they have the perfect crunch.
When it comes to selecting cucumbers always select a firm cuke with a bright green color. Avoid any bruised cucumbers with soft spots or yellow in color.
Store cucumbers in the fridge, if cut wrap them tightly as they tend to absorb flavors of other foods.
Cooking: Pickled, Raw, Sauté, Grilled, Soups (Gazpacho), Salads, Flavored Waters
One of my favorite cucumber salads that I like to make is a Cucumber and Poppy Seed Salad. Its quick, easy, refreshing and delicious. The moscato vinegar provides a quick pickle, while the poppy seeds add an additional crunch. The vinegar and sugar make it the perfect balance of sweet and sour.
Works well with:
Herbs: Basil, Celery Leaves. Chervil, Chive, Cilantro, Dill, Lemon Balm, Lovage, Mint, Oregano, Parsley, Scallions, Tarragon, Thyme
Spices: Allspice, Caraway Seeds, Cayenne, Celery Seed, Coriander, Cumin, Pepper (white, black, pink), Red Chili Flakes.
Produce: Bell Peppers, Celery, Chile Peppers, Frisee, Garlic, Horseradish, Jicama, Melon, Lemon, Lime, Onions (Green and Red), Romaine, Shallots, Tomatoes
Dairy: Butter, Buttermilk, Cheese (Feta), Coconut Milk, Cream, Cream Cheese, Crème Fraiche, Sour Cream
Proteins: Seafood: Fish, Salmon, Shrimp, Scallops
Cuisines: Indian, Thai, Asian, Japanese, Greek, Vietnamese
Cucumber and Poppy Seed Salad
1 Cucumber halved, seeded, and sliced ¼”
1 Fresno Chili Pepper halved, seeded and julienned
2 TBS Cilantro chopped
2 TBS Moscato Vinegar
1 TBS I Love Aceite Olive Oil
1 TBS Poppy Seeds
1 TBS Sugar
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and toss to coat. Let marinate for 10 minutes so that the flavors can absorb.